Not every bad movie ends badly. For whatever reason,
every once in a while an otherwise woeful flick will somehow pull an unexpectedly
superb ending out of the bag, throwing together a denouement which surprises a
by-now bored audience with its sudden and shocking quality.
Now make no mistake—the endings we’ve listed here are
all featured in otherwise awful sci-fi flicks, so it’s not like they necessarily
make much sense or actually add up for eagle eyed viewers. There’s a good chance
these wild turns actually unravel the stories of the films preceding them, but
their sheer shocking daring and ingenuity have nonetheless seen them elevate
the flicks they’re attached to into guilty pleasure status.
Here's 10 best endings
to the worst sci fi flicks, and what makes each one such an unexpected success.
10. Phase IV
The first feature film from Saul Bass, the designer behind
Hitchcock’s iconic opening title sequences, Phase IV is a trippy seventies
sci-fi effort which doesn’t do an incredible job of selling its more than a
little surreal premise. After some mysterious interstellar event, ant colonies begin
acting strangely in the depths of the desert, drawing humans into conflict with
their diminutive but now super-smart bugs armies.
What ensues is a sci-fi trip so laughably bizarre that
it was featured on bad movie cult comedy series Mystery Science Theatre 3000.
But then comes the unexpectedly stunning, strange ending wherein a 2001: A
Space Odyssey trip into colourful sci-fi surrealism elevates the entire preceding
film into enjoyably odd genre territory, rather than typically trashy creature